Hanoi (VNA) - The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has hit Vietnam twice and ravaged many parts of the globe, but has failed to freeze all tourism activities as there are still safe places to go around the world.

Many tourist destinations remain safe for visitors seeking an autumn-winter vacation this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with discounts being offered of up to 50 percent. Everyone, of course, must abide by regulations on COVID-19 prevention and ensure the safety of all.

Experts have advised that it is safer to travel with prestigious travel companies offering package tours with discounts or offering refunds or postponements when necessary.

Destinations remaining open

The COVID-19 pandemic caused 320 billion USD in losses to the global tourism industry in the first five months of 2020 and forced millions of people to stay home. There are, however, still a number of safe places to visit.

The Maldives re-opened on July 15 for foreign visitors, with 43 of the 156 local resorts resuming operations. Most resorts around the country will be re-opened in October when the tourism season peaks. Travelers booking tours for November to May can enjoy a 21-39 percent discount.

Foreign tourists have also been welcomed once again in Dubai, starting from July 7. From November to March is a good time to visit, as the hot season has passed. Those booking tours in advance for vacations from December to January will receive a discount of 17-43 percent.

Traveling safely amid the pandemic hinh anh 1Burj Khalifa Tower - The pride of Dubai (Photo: Kongres)

Travel limitations in the Caribbean differ from island to island, but in the Cayman archipelago all islands re-opened to visitors on September 1. Those booking holidays from November to January will have service costs discounted by 20-59 percent.

Comprising 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles re-opened on August 1 for foreign visitors from countries with medium and low levels of risk.

The best time to visit is from April to May or from October to November. Visitors booking vacations for February to July will enjoy a discount of 18-40 percent.

Also located on the Indian Ocean, Mauritius will resume tourism activities for foreign visitors over the next few months, after arranging labs at airports. Those booking trips for September to May will save 25-50 percent.

Safe tourism amid COVID-19

People can still travel amid COVID-19, as not all destinations are “hotspots”. But changing destinations and keeping prevention in mind will help visitors ensure their safety throughout the journey.

The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 means that tours and transportation services may be cancelled or suspended at any time. Travelers are therefore advised to avoid buying tickets and tours too early.

Due to recommendations to avoid gatherings, short backpacking tours using private means of transportation allow tourists to be more active, as plans can be adjusted easily.

Quiet destinations suitable for exploration, such as mountains, islands, and outlying areas of cities are good choices. Moreover, “home travelling” is another exciting activity and the perfect excuse to “travel” in one’s hometown.

Traveling safely amid the pandemic hinh anh 2Rong (Dragon) Bridge, a symbol of Da Nang city (Photo: VNA)

When dining out, select a restaurant that meets sanitation and pandemic prevention requirements.

Throughout the journey, travellers are advised to wear face masks and wash their hands regularly, while eating food rich in vitamins to enhance the immune system.

They should also carry hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes to clean their clothes, car seats, and goods. Those being extra careful could also carry face shields and gloves.

Travellers are advised to follow the developments of the pandemic as well as the particular situation in each destination prior to setting out, while making health declarations at http://tokhaiyte.vn or through the NCOVI mobile app after a trip./.

VNA